Building capacity in greenhouse gas analytics beyond ILRI’s Mazingira Centre
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Building capacity in greenhouse gas analytics beyond ILRI’s Mazingira Centre

Besides the scaling of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using models (see our previous training event here) there is a crucial need to build capacity on core analytics for GHG concentrations measurements such as gas chromatography. Based on the available instruments within ILRI’s Mazingira Centre, local universities (Maseno University) and national research centres (KALRO) we invited … Continue reading

First continuous greenhouse gas measurements and validation of satellite derived land surface temperature estimates in East African drylands
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First continuous greenhouse gas measurements and validation of satellite derived land surface temperature estimates in East African drylands

by Thomas Dowling (King’s College London) and Lutz Merbold (Mazingira Centre, ILRI) Since the beginning of August 2018, the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI’s) Kapiti research station, approximately 60km South of Nairobi, has become a reference site for the validation of satellite derived land surface temperature (LST) in partnership with King’s College London (KCL). While … Continue reading

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Investing in low emissions development strategies in the dairy sector: Viable options for Kenya and Ethiopia

Originally posted on Sustainable livestock systems:
Livestock production plays a critical role in sustaining livelihoods and ensuring food and nutrition security for millions of families across Africa. The centrality of livestock in achieving sustainable development for cannot be overstated. It is also true that livestock production is the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from…

New studies provide the first accurate estimates of greenhouse gas emissions from East African livestock
Climate change / East Africa / Emission Factors / Environment / Greenhouse Gas / Livestock / SLS

New studies provide the first accurate estimates of greenhouse gas emissions from East African livestock

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
ILRI scientist John Goopy describes ILRI’s Mazingira Centre research on livestock and greenhouse gas emissions to ILRI partners at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security and leads them on a tour of Mazingira’s Greenhouse Gas Laboratory, in Nairobi, Kenya (photo credit: CCAFS/S Kilungu). The following…

Managing the environmental footprint of livestock: Context-specific information needed in Africa
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Managing the environmental footprint of livestock: Context-specific information needed in Africa

Efforts towards mitigating green house gas emissions should help resource-poor farmers to not only decrease the environmental footprint of their small-scale livestock and whole-farm production systems but to simultaneously increase productivity and improve their livelihoods. Continue reading

Feedback workshops yield significant insights for smallholder dairy farmers in Nandi and Bomet
Capacity strengthening / CCAFS / CRPs / Dairying / East Africa / Emission Factors / Environment / Greenhouse Gas / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Mazingira / SLS

Feedback workshops yield significant insights for smallholder dairy farmers in Nandi and Bomet

Farmer feedback workshops carried out in Nandi and Bomet counties in Kenya address various challenges faced by dairy smallholders. Based on results from previous data collected, training sessions on various aspects of dairy farming are delivered. Continue reading

Voices from the lab: Postdoctoral researcher shares her first field trip experience
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Voices from the lab: Postdoctoral researcher shares her first field trip experience

In this blog, one of the most recent Mazingira members, Sonja Leitner (Postdoctoral researcher, soil ecologist) who started with the team on 1st March 2018, shares an experience of her first field trip to Tanzania. From 25-30/03/2018, I joined Lutz Merbold and Phyllis Ndung’u on a field trip to Tanzania, where we visited different smallholder … Continue reading